Highly rated 3-year-old Nobiz Like Shobiz was out for his second workout of the year Sunday at Gulfstream Park for trainer Barclay Tagg in preparation for his anticipated 2007 debut in the $100,000 Holy Bull (gr. III) over the south Florida track Feb. 3.
If Elizabeth Valando's homebred colt needs any inspiration, the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner is now just a few stalls down the shedrow. Sackatoga Stable's 7-year-old gelding Funny Cide just arrived after a short winter vacation.
Nobiz Like Shobiz, the winner of the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) on Nov. 25 at Aqueduct in his last start, was timed five furlongs in 1:01.
The son of Albert the Great breezed a half-mile on New Year's Day in his first drill since arriving for the season.
“It was perfect. Just what I wanted,” said Tagg of Sunday's drill. “I play a lot of this by ear, but I'd like to get him four more works and try to go from a five- to a six-furlong work next.” After two works, Tagg continues to lean toward starting Nobiz Like Shobiz at least twice at Gulfstream this season.
“The Holy Bull looks like the place to go first,” he said. “Then I think we'll go in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) if things go right. After that it will depend on timing whether we go in the Florida Derby (gr. I) or the Wood Memorial (gr. I), assuming he's doing well.”
The Fountain of Youth is March 3. The Florida Derby is March 31, and the Wood is April 7.